Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Florida Awarded $123K Grant from IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida
Thanks to the hundreds of women who comprise the membership of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity Walton County, Florida and two other local nonprofit organizations were each awarded grants of $123,000 at the IMPACT 100 annual meeting on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at The Barn at Water Oak.
IMPACT 100 Northwest Florida is a community of women transforming the lives of people in Okaloosa and Walton Counties by funding transformational, high impact projects through grants to non-profit organizations. The total amount of funds available for award was $369,000 due to the number of members in the organization this year. Nonprofits submitted their applications under a focus area of education, environment, family, health & recreation, and arts & education. Five committees, one for each of the grant categories, reviewed the applications and made site visits to each organization. Each committee selected one organization as a finalist and after hearing all the presentations at their annual meeting, members casted their votes for three of the finalists.
Habitat Walton County submitted a grant application under environment with the project focus of purchasing a lot of land to relocate its ReStore building thrift store to a permanent location. Habitat ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center located at 110 S Co Hwy 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds generated by the ReStore are used to help build homes, communities and hope in Walton County, Florida.
“This generous gift from those amazing, giving women of IMPACT 100 means so much to us,” said Teresa Imdieke, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL. “There aren’t many foundations in our area that have the means to provide this magnitude of funding, and Habitat relies on local support.”
With the IMPACT 100 grant, not only will $52,000 be saved in interest fees, but the project to build a bigger facility with a permanent location will enable the long-term sustainability model of Habitat’s ReStore to ensure it’ll continue growing to serve even more families.